Example – Liverpool University Guild, 3rd December 2011
Currently midway through his 2011 tour Elliot John Gleave aka Example took to the stage at Liverpool University’s Guild December 3rd brandishing dubstep and grime beats to an elated audience.
From the moment he came on stage he performed the classic tracks in his repertoire such as Kickstarts which got the party started. The audience began bouncing, jumping up and down synchronized to the heady rhythms. Crowd pleaser Shot Yourself in the Foot Again set the crowd further into a frenzy. The original release of the track saw Example collaborate with Skream and with the heavy, grimey and ray dubstep layers to it, it is no wonder that the hyped up crowd responded avidly as even more bass rattled through your chest.
Half way through the performance Example cheekily compared Liverpool to Manchester but then confessed no one parties ‘as good as the Scousers’, He daringly said he would give free tickets for his next gig to anybody who jumps from the top balcony and crowd surfs, fortunately nobody took him up on this crazy opportunity but it does somewhat reveal the depths and altruistic performance that Example is sharing on this tour.
Other tracks performed included We Go Quietly and Stay Awake which went down a real treat with the crowd singing along in time with Example; with many of the younger crowd bouncing along with its catchy vocals.
Example went off stage towards the end of the night and after a rapturous encore from a very hot, sweaty and electric crowd he came back on stage and triumphantly hyped the audience up for two more tracks. Of these tracks, Changed the Way You Kissed Me really charged the audiences battery packs. Along with Example’s hyperactive stage presence the crowd followed suit into a hearty sing-a-long.
Finally, Example ended the set with the Ibiza inspired track Natural Disaster, a track on which he collaborated with Laidback Luke. The euphoric synths, twisted beats and damn good vocals drove the crowd to throwing their hands up in the air, which was the perfect way to end the evening, with smiles and applause from the exhausted audience.
In the vernacular or today’s youth – it was sick.
* Collaboration with dubstep aficionado Peter Mitchell